Gérard Lartigue seeks Rodin’s truth, the truth which enables beauty to be manifested. To represent the human face and body, one must explore the volumes under the skin, muscle tension and bone structure.
Gérard Lartigue's work alternates between the forces of Eros (eroticism) and Thanatos (death). The artist believes firmly in the ability of forms and material to recreate life. Starting out as a painter, he has been a full-time artist for thirty years.
Lartique’s work is no longer a simple representation, it is now a living artwork. He considers himself to be a citizen of the world and a witness of our era, living in the present moment, free from his past. He spent his childhood and teenage years on another continent, America.
Later, Gérard Lartigue travelled primarily in Europe. Fluent in three languages, he managed to make himself understood almost everywhere he went, primarily using his hands. He explores human nature, going beyond the filters of culture, nation, social positions, profession, etc., and has become a highly skilled portrait artist. Drawing has always been the foundation of his art.
Lartigue works with different materials, from stone to marble, clay, plaster and bronze. He goes beyond figurative presence, exploring the deeper layers that affect time, the intangible, and the connection between matter and spirit.
In 2017, the renowned French writer Michel Houllebecq said, "Your bust of me is impressive. The earthy material has extreme expressive power."
"Artworks created from a vision that looks deep into the human being. From inert matter come expressive, lively faces." Painter and art critic Ksenia Milicevic.
Read Gérard Lartigue's Interview on the KAZoART Blog: https://www.kazoart.com/blog/en/artist-interview-%E2%80%A2-in-the-studio-with-gerard-lartigue/
Sculpture workshop, Barcelona Academy of Arts, Barcelona. 2015
Lost wax bronze casting workshop, Rieumes. 2014
Drawing workshop, Croix-Baragnon, Toulouse. 1997-1999
One-year grant for his project on the current image in art - Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA). Young creators, Mexico. 1995
Drawing workshop, Hovedskous Malarskola, Gotebourg, Sweden. 1989
National School of Fine Arts, National University of Mexico, Mexico City. 1985-1989
Les Pionniers de l’Aéropostale, Hotel Le Grand Balcon, Toulouse. 2017
Charlie Hebdo journalists, Fête de l’Humanité, Paris. 2015
Ombres et lumières d’écrivains, Ombres blanches bookstore, Toulouse. 2015
Arteria Exhibition, Monzón, Spain. 2015
Estación Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico. 2012
Gallery of the Scarf, Toulouse. 2011
Cultural area of the nuclear medicine centre, Dijon. 2010
Grand E’terna Gallery, Paris. 2010 and 2009
Instituto de cultura de Baja California, Tijuana, Mexico. 2006
ArtWalk, San Diego, United States. 2006
Espace Bateau-Lavoir, Paris. 1999
Agora Gallery, New York, United States. 1997
Peligro! Gallery, New Orleans, United States. 1996
Southside Gallery, Oxford, United States. 1995
Visus Gallery, Gotenburg, Sweden. 1988
Salon d’Automne de Muret - premier prix de sculpture 2014
Prix de sculpture au Salon de Brassac pour les bustes de Roth, Quignard et C. Joyce Oates 2013
Prix de sculpture ARTEMPO - Cugnaux 2013
Prix littéraire (coup de coeur du jury) pour sa nouvelle Silence posthume, à Saint Pierre du Mont 2013
Premier prix de la ville de Carcassonne pour la sculpture de Paul Sabatier. 2012
Deuxième prix de la ville de Muret pour sa sculpture en hommage à Samuel Beckett. 2011
Premier prix du concours Écrire sans frontières sous le haut patronage de Gao Xingjian, prix Nobel de littérature 2009
Bourse d'un an pour son projet sur l'image actuelle dans l'art- Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA). Jeunes créateurs. Mexique, 1995.